BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award

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The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards, Premios Fundación BBVA Fronteras del Conocimiento, in Spanish, are an international award programme recognizing significant contributions in the areas of scientific research and cultural creation. The categories that make up the Frontiers of Knowledge Awards respond to the knowledge map of the present age. As well as the fundamental knowledge that is at their core, they address developments in information and communication technologies, and interactions between biology and medicine, ecology and conservation biology, climate change, economics, development cooperation and, finally, contemporary musical creation and performance. Specific categories are reserved for developing knowledge fields of critical relevance, as in the case of the two environmental awards. Accolades in the environment area and development cooperation, two central challenges of the 21st century, may go to either research or practical actions and programs founded on the best available knowledge.

The awards were established in 2008, with the first set of winners receiving their prizes in 2009. The BBVA Foundation – belonging to financial group BBVA – is partnered in the scheme by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the country’s premier public research organization.

In their eight editions, as many as four winners of BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards have gone on to win the Nobel Prize. They are: Robert J. Lefkowitz, 2009 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Laureate in Biomedicine and winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2012; Shinya Yamanaka, 2010 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Laureate in Biomedicine and Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 2012; Lars Peter Hansen, 2010 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Laureate in Economics, Finance and Management, and 2013 Nobel Laureate in Economics; Jean Tirole, 2008 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Laureate in Economics, Finance and Management and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics 2014, and Angus Deaton, 2011 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Laureate in Economics, Finance and Management and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics 2015.[1][2][3]

Categories[edit]

There are 8 award categories: Basic science, Biomedicine, Ecology and Conservation Biology, Information and Communication Technologies, Economics, Finance and Management, Contemporary Music, Climate Change, and Development cooperation. Specific categories are reserved for developing knowledge fields of critical relevance, as in the case of the two environmental awards. Accolades in the environment area and development cooperation, two central challenges of the 21st century, may go to either research or practical actions and programs founded on the best available knowledge.[4]

Juries[edit]

Eight juries, one for each category, analyze the nominations put forward by eminent international academic and research institutions.[5][6] Jury chairs in the latest 9th(2016) award edition were:[6][7][8][9][10]

In Basic Sciences, Theodor W. Hänsch, Director of the Division of Laser Spectroscopy at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, and holder of a Nobel Prize in Physics.

In Biomedicine, Angelika Schnieke, Chair of Livestock Technology in the Technische Universität München (TUM).

In Ecology and Conservation Biology, Emily Bernhardt, Professor of the Department of Biology at Duke University.

In Information and Communication Technologies, George Gottlob, Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford.

In Economics, Finance and Management, Eric S. Maskin, Adams University Professor at Harvard University and Nobel Prize in Economics.

In Contemporary Music, Nicholas Cook, Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge.

In Climate Change, Bjorn Stevens, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology.

In Development Cooperation, Joachim Von Braun, Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn.

Award decision

To reach their decision, the juries meet during January and February in the Marqués de Salamanca Palace, Madrid headquarters of the BBVA Foundation. The day after the jury’s decision, the name of the winners(s) and the achievements that earned them the award are revealed at an announcement event in the same location.

Ceremony

The awards are presented in June each year at a ceremony held in the Marqués de Salamanca Palace, Madrid headquarters of the BBVA Foundation, and attended by representatives of Spain’s scientific and cultural communities.[11][12][13][14]

BBVA Foundation[edit]

The BBVA Foundation engages in the promotion of research, advanced training and the transmission of knowledge to society, focusing on the emerging issues of the 21st century in five areas: Environment, Biomedicine and Health, Economy and Society, Basic Sciences and Technology, and Arts and Humanities. The BBVA Foundation designs, develops and finances research projects in these areas; facilitates advanced specialist training through grants, courses, seminars and workshops; organizes award schemes for researchers and professionals whose work has contributed significantly to the advancement of knowledge; and communicates and disseminates such new knowledge through publications, databases, lecture series, debates, exhibitions and audiovisual and electronic media.[15][16]

Prizes[edit]

Each BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge laureate receives a commemorative artwork, a diploma and a cash prize of 400,000 euros per category. Awards may not be granted posthumously, and when an award is shared, its monetary amount is divided equally among the recipients.

The commemorative artwork is created by Madrid sculptor Blanca Muñoz, B.A. in Fine Arts from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Holder of scholarships at Calcografia Nazionale (1989), awarded by the Italian Government, at the Spanish Royal Academy in Rome (1990), and in Mexico City (1992), awarded by the Mexican Department of Foreign Affairs, her numerous distinctions include the 1999 National Print Prize.

Laureates[edit]

Year Laureate Nationality Category Nobelprize
2008 Ignacio Cirac
Peter Zoller
 Spain
 Austria
Basic Sciences
2008 Joan Massagué  Spain Biomedicine
2008 Thomas Lovejoy
William Laurance
 United States
 United States
Ecology and Conservation Biology
2008 Jacob Ziv  Israel Information and Communication Technologies
2008 Jean Tirole  France Economics, Finance and Management Economics 2014
2008 Steven Holl  United States Arts
2008 Wallace S. Broecker  United States Climate Change
2008 Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab  United States Development Cooperation
2009 Richard Zare
Michael Fisher
 United States
 United Kingdom
Basic Sciences
2009 Robert Lefkowitz  United States Biomedicine Chemistry 2012
2009 Peter B. Reich  United States Ecology and Conservation Biology
2009 Thomas Kailath  United States Information and Communication Technologies
2009 Andreu Mas-Colell
Hugo F. Sonnenschein
 Spain
 United States
Economics, Finance and Management
2009 Cristóbal Halffter  Spain Contemporary Music
2009 Klaus Hasselmann  Germany Climate Change
2009 Development Research Institute  United States Development Cooperation
2010 Gabor A. Somorjai  United States Basic Sciences
2010 Shinya Yamanaka  Japan Biomedicine Physiology 2012
2010 Edward Osborne Wilson  United States Ecology and Conservation Biology
2010 Donald Knuth  United States Information and Communication Technologies
2010 Lars Peter Hansen  United States Economics, Finance and Management Economics 2013
2010 Helmut Lachenmann  Germany Contemporary Music
2010 Nicholas Stern  United Kingdom Climate Change
2010 International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)  Finland Development Cooperation
2011 Michel Mayor   Switzerland Basic Sciences
2011 Didier Queloz   Switzerland Basic Sciences
2011 Alexander Varshavsky  United States Biomedicine
2011 Daniel H. Janzen  United States Ecology and Conservation Biology
2011 Carver Mead  United States Information and Communication Technologies
2011 Angus Deaton  United Kingdom Economics, Finance and Management Economics 2015
2011 Salvatore Sciarrino  Italy Contemporary Music
2011 Isaac Held  United States Climate Change
2011 Ciro de Quadros  Brazil Development Cooperation
2012 Ingrid Daubechies[17]  Belgium Basic Sciences
2012 David Mumford[18]  United Kingdom Basic Sciences
2012 Douglas Coleman[19]  Canada Biomedicine
2012 Jeffrey Friedman[20]  United States Biomedicine
2012 Jane Lubchenco[21]  United States Ecology and Conservation Biology
2012 Lotfi A. Zadeh[22]  Azerbaijan Information and Communication Technologies
2012 Paul Milgrom[23]  United States Economics, Finance and Management
2012 Pierre Boulez[24]  France Contemporary Music
2012 Susan Solomon[25]  United States Climate Change
2012 DNDi[26]   Switzerland Development Cooperation
2013 Maximilian Haider[27]  Austria Basic Sciences
2013 Harald Rose[28]  Germany Basic Sciences
2013 Knut Urban[29]  Germany Basic Sciences
2013 Adrian Bird[30]  United Kingdom Biomedicine
2013 Paul R. Ehrlich[31]  United States Ecology and Conservation Biology
2013 Marvin Minsky[32]  United States Information and Communication Technologies
2013 Elhanan Helpman[33]  Israel Economics, Finance and Management
2013 Steve Reich[34]  United States Contemporary Music
2013 Christopher Field[35]  United States Climate Change
2013 Pratham[36]  India Development Cooperation
2014 Stephen Buchwald[37]  United States Basic Sciences
2014 Joseph Schlessinger[38]  United States Biomedicine
2014 Charles Sawyers[39]  United States Biomedicine
2014 Tony Hunter[40]  United Kingdom Biomedicine
2014 David Tilman[41]  United States Ecology and Conservation Biology
2014 Leonard Kleinrock[42]  United States Information and Communication Technologies
2014 Richard Blundell  United Kingdom Economics, Finance and Management
2014 David Card  Canada Economics, Finance and Management
2014 György Kurtág[43]  Hungary Contemporary Music
2014 Richard Alley[44]  United States Climate Change
2014 Helen Keller International  United States Development Cooperation
2015 Stephen Hawking  United Kingdom Basic Sciences
2015 Viatcheslav Mukhanov  Germany Basic Sciences
2015 Edward Boyden  United States Biomedicine
2015 Karl Deisseroth  United States Biomedicine
2015 Gero Miesenböck  Austria Biomedicine
2015 Ilkka Hanski  Finland Ecology and Conservation Biology
2015 Stephen Cook  Canada Information and Communication Technologies
2015 Robert Wilson  United States Economics, Finance and Management
2015 Georges Aperghis  Greece Contemporary Music
2015 Veerabhadran Ramanathan  India Climate Change
2015 Martin Ravallion  Australia Development Cooperation
2016 David Cox  United Kingdom Basic Sciences
2016 Bradley Efron  United States Basic Sciences
2016 Emmanuelle Charpentier  France Biomedicine
2016 Jennifer Doudna  United States Biomedicine
2016 Francisco Mojica  Spain Biomedicine
2016 Gene E. Likens  United States Ecology and Conservation Biology
2016 Marten Scheffer  Netherlands Ecology and Conservation Biology
2016 Geoffrey Hinton  United Kingdom Information and Communication Technologies
2016 Daron Acemoglu  Turkey/ United States Economics, Finance and Management
2016 Sofia Gubaidulina  Russia Contemporary Music
2016 James Hansen  United States Climate Change
2016 Syukuro Manabe  Japan/ United States Climate Change
2017 Omar M. Yaghi  Jordan/ United States Basic Sciences
2017 James P. Allison  United States Biomedicine
2017 Rosemary Grant  United Kingdom Ecology and Conservation Biology
2017 Peter Grant  United Kingdom Ecology and Conservation Biology
2017 Shafi Goldwasser  United States Information and Communication Technologies
2017 Silvio Micali  Italy Information and Communication Technologies
2017 Ronald Rivest  United States Information and Communication Technologies
2017 Adi Shamir  Israel Information and Communication Technologies
2017 Robert Porter (ru)  Canada Economics Finance and Management
2017 Ariel Pakes  Canada/ United States Economics Finance and Management
2017 Timothy Bresnahan  United States Economics Finance and Management
2017 Kaija Saariaho  Finland Contemporary Music
2017 William Nordhaus  United States Climate Change

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